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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 30, 2020

Report from the Dock

Walleye season opens May 2. In the early season, fishing was expected to be good at the following waters: Allegheny Reservoir, Lake Arthur, Beltzville Lake, Blue Marsh Lake, Glendale Lake, High Point Reservoir, Lake Erie, Lake Wallenpaupack, Pymatuning Lake, Raystown Lake, Shenango River Lake, Tamarack Lake, Youghiogheny River Lake, Duck Harbor Pond, Falls Township Park Lake, Gordon Lake, Frances Slocum Lake, Green Lick Reservoir, Rose Valley Lake and Shawnee Lake. Walleyes are very responsive to live bait. Consider using minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches to catch these fish. In addition to live bait, spoons, spinnerbaits and jigs are successful for hooking walleyes. Try using a bright colored lure to attract these fish.


Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Numbers of smallmouth bass were released through late April, with many coming on drop-shot rigs in 12 to 15 feet. One catch weighed 5-plus pounds. Northern pike also were hitting. Perch were hit or miss, as they began making their post-spawn return to the lake.  The bay has some resident perch.


Lake Erie tributaries — A few steelhead were picked up in Elk and Crooked creeks in recent weeks. Brown trout were hitting in Elk. Smallmouth bass were moving into Elk in late April.


Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Bluegills, yellow perch and a few crappies were biting.


Piney Dam, Upper Clarion River — Yellow perch and crappies were reported in recent weeks.


Lower Clarion River — Anglers reported releases of muskies and northern pike near the confluence with the Allegheny River in recent weeks.


Allegheny River (Clarion County) — The Emlenton to Parker stretch was yielding smallmouth bass releases.


Redbank Creek (Clarion County) — Muskies and northern pike were reported in recent weeks. 


Piney Creek (Clarion County) — Fly-anglers were catching nice trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only stretch in recent weeks.


Allegheny River (Forest County) — Muskies and northern pike were hitting in the Tionesta Sand and Gravel pool from shore and boat through late April.


Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — A cold snap slowed some fishing in late April. Although the walleye spawn was just about over, anglers were still catching a few walleyes in the evenings, wading. The daytime walleye bite was picking up on minnows drifted in the shallows, along weedbeds, and from Espyville Causeway. Muskies were very active, with several releases reported. Smallmouth bass were released on spinnerbaits fished over offshore grass beds and on jigs flipped along the banks. The yellow perch bite remained outstanding, yielding mixed sizes including many jumbos. Bluegills also were reported. Nice catches of crappies were in the northern bays.


Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Panfish were active on soft plastics through late April. One angler released a nice muskie earlier in April. 


Little Shenango River (Mercer County) — Rainbow trout were hitting in recent weeks, with Rooster Tails productive for some anglers.  


Shenango Reservoir, Shenango River (Mercer County) — Smallmouth bass were released in the river through late April. In the lake, bass, pike, and panfish were active as conditions allowed.


Justus Lake (Venango County) — Trout were reported on crawlers and minnows in recent weeks.  


Allegheny River (Venango County) — An angler wading near Oil City released a number of smallmouth bass, with some measuring 14 to 20 inches, on swimbaits and other soft plastics in recent weeks. Bass were released in nice numbers around East Brady and included some 3-pounders on shallow crankbaits.


Big Sandy, Sugar, Oil, and Two Mile creeks (Venango County) — All four were yielding nice trout in recent weeks. 


Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Largemouth bass, including one close to 3½ pounds and a 5-pounder, were reported on chatterbaits through April 25.


Glade Run Lake (Butler County) — Largemouth bass up to 15 inches were released in recent weeks, with one angler doing well on a chatterbait.


Quemahoning Reservior (Somerset County) — Nice-sized northern pike and yellow perch were reported through April 22.


High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Largemouth bass were released through April 22 at this 338-acre impoundment near Mount Davis, which is the highest point in Pennsylvania.


Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Excellent trout angling was reported in recent weeks.


Beaverdam Run (Somerset County) — Brook and rainbow trout average eight to 12 inches were reported in recent weeks.


Juniata River — A nice-sized muskie was released on a suspending jerkbait in recent weeks. 


Brady’s Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Limits of trout were reported at both lakes.


Traverse Creek, South Branch Brady’s Run (Beaver County) — Trout were taking live baits, including minnows, butterworms, redworms, and maggots. Artificials also were effective, with spinners and soft split-tailed plastics with shad dart heads productive. 


North Branch Blacklick, Chest creeks (Cambria County) — Some nice-sized rainbow and golden trout were reported in recent weeks.


Raystown Branch, Juniata River  Rainbow, brown and brook trout were reported in recent weeks. A northern hogsucker also was released.


Asaph Run (Tioga County) — Trout were hitting in recent weeks, with live bait and chartreuse and pink pastebaits effective. 


Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Water was in the low 40s and clear and higher than average flow as of April 16. Blue-Winged Olive emergers and egg patterns were catching trout. Live bait and artificials also were productive. 


Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was in the high 40s as of April 16, and Caddis, Blue-Winged Olives, and Hendricksons were hatching. Trout were rising and taking nymphs, such as Stonefly and Caddis larvae patterns cast to slower-moving pockets. Streamers were working for some anglers. 


Spring Creek (Centre County)  Water as of April 16 was in the low 50s and above-average with some color. Nymphing egg and Caddis patterns was effective in slower-moving pockets and tail-outs. Blue-Winged Olives and Caddis were hatching, and dry flies were producing in overcast conditions. 


Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Smallmouth bass up to 18 inches and 4-plus pounds were released in recent weeks.


Lost, Cocolamus creeks (Juniata County) — Rainbow trout were reported on waxworms, redworms, small spinners and pastebaits in various colors in recent weeks. 


East Licking Creek (Juniata County) — Nice catches of brook trout were reported in recent weeks.


Holman Lake (Perry County) — Rainbow and brook trout were reported at this Little Buffalo State Park impoundment. Panfish were biting wax worms, crawlers and other small baits. 


Sherman, Big Buffalo creeks (Perry County) — Numbers of trout were reported in recent weeks.

Manada Creek (Dauphin County) — Some nice brook trout were reported on crawlers and pastebaits in recent weeks.


Stovers Dam (Lebanon County) — Nice-sized largemouth bass were released in recent weeks.


Quittaphahilla Creek (Lebanon County) — Brown trout were hitting on crawlers, minnows, and spinners in recent weeks.


Mehoopany, Martins, Bowman’s Creek (Wyoming County) — Water was in the low 40s and at fishable levels as of April 22 and anglers were catching trout on live bait, pastebaits, spinners, and flies. 


Lake Winola, Oxbow Lake (Wyoming County) — Anglers were catching trout in recent weeks, but the bite was slower than in the streams.


Faylor Lake (Synder County) — A 6-pound largemouth bass was reported on a chatterbait in recent weeks.


Lake Nockamixon (Burks County) — Largemouth bass up to 4 pounds were hitting chatterbaits through late April.


Delaware Canal, Neshaminy Creek (Bucks County) — Trout were hitting rainbow-colored and yellow pastebaits, and spinners at both places.


Struble Lake, Chambers Lake, Octoraro Reservoir (Chester County) — Crappies turned on in recent weeks, with crappie jigs and small minnows fished three to five feet under pencil bobbers effective, especially where anglers can locate schools and structure.


Delaware River — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle in Philadelphia reported April 25 that some shad continued to hit by fast, muddy water at Trenton made catching difficult. Large striped bass were moving in and taking bunker and bloodworms, and numbers of catfish were coming on bunker and clams.  Perch catches were down.


Schuylkill River — Brinkman’s reported April 25 that shad were taking flutter spoons and darts, and striped bass were hitting plugs, mostly below Fairmount Dam.


Saltwater report — Brinkman’s reported April 25 that bluefish showed up briefly on bunker in mid-April in the Raritan Bay area, and stripers were hitting from shore at Brigantine Beach. Around Seaside, the beaches were closed, but anglers with access to back bay areas were hitting striped bass. Some black drum were reported on salted clams. 

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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